Eric McCrath

Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Eric McCrath

Eric McCrath

Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Biography

Eric McCrath is co-chair of the firm’s Global Corporate Department of over 400 attorneys. He also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Investment & Buyouts Groups.

Mr. McCrath advises on a broad range of corporate matters, with an emphasis on public and private M&A and private equity transactions. He has extensive experience counseling strategic acquirers and targets in a variety of industries, including technology (semiconductors, software, and Internet), healthcare, consumer products, financial institutions, media, and transportation. He regularly works with leading domestic and international companies and has significant experience advising on complex cross-border transactions.

Mr. McCrath has been recognized by leading publications, including Legal 500 US and Chambers USA, with sources describing him as “responsive, thoughtful and a skillful negotiator.”

Representative Matters

* Advised SoftBank Corporation in its $8.6 billion sale of its controlling stake in Finnish gaming company Supercell Oy to Chinese Internet company Tencent Holdings, Ltd, a global leader in personal-computer and mobile games.
* Advised Intel Corporation in its acquisitions of McAfee for $7.7 billion, Infineon’s Wireless Solutions (WLS) business for $1.4 billion, LSI’s Axxia Networking Business for $650 million, roughly 1,700 patents and patent applications from InterDigital Corporation for $375 million, certain intellectual property and other assets from Cray for $140 million, parts of QLogic’s InfiniBand business for $125 million, Fulcrum Microsystem, Virtutech, and others.
* Advised ON Semiconductor in its acquisitions of Fairchild Semiconductor for $2.4 billion, Sanyo Semiconductor for $600 million, Aptina Imaging for $400 million, Cypress Semiconductor’s image sensor business unit for $31.4 million, and in its divestiture of the Ignition IGBT Business and its sale of the Transient Voltage Suppressor and Thyristor Business to Littelfuse, Inc.
* Advised Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home, and personal care products, in its acquisition of Dollar Shave Club. This was one of the largest ever deals for an e-commerce company.
* Advised Gree in its acquisitions of Funzio for $210 million, OpenFeint for $104 million, and App Ant Studios.
* Advised GREE International, the Western arm of GREE, in the acquisition of DragonSoul, the critically-acclaimed mobile role playing game (RPG) developed by PerBlue.
* Advised VMware in its acquisition of Integrien, and its stock acquisition of GemStone and its international subsidiaries (Japan, India, and the UK).
* Advised Pinnacle Entertainment in its bid to acquire Ameristar Casinos, Inc. in an all-cash merger, with a total enterprise value of $2.8 billion.
* Advised ICO Global Communications in a unique restructuring and reorganization transaction with total deal value of approximately $1.5 billion.
* Advised The Clorox Company in the carveout and $780 million sale of its auto-related business to private equity firm Avista Capital.

To view a more complete list of matters, see Matters.

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Eric McCrath
Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP
Education
JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Class of 2000

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

BA
Class of 1993

Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues. So much of what Swarthmore stands for, from its commitment to curricular breadth and rigor to its demonstrated interest in facilitating discovery and fostering social responsibility, lies in the quality and passion of its faculty. A student/faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that students have close, meaningful engagement with their professors, preparing the former to translate the skills and understanding gained at Swarthmore into the mark they want to make on the world. The College's Honors program features small groups of dedicated and accomplished students working closely with faculty; an emphasis on independent learning; ongoing dialogue between students and their peers, teachers, and examiners; and an examination at the end of two years' study by outside scholars. Swarthmore's idyllic, 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails, and is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia.

Memberships
Notes Editor
Prior

Now in its fifty-second year, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law is the second oldest student-run international law journal in the nation. The Journal was founded in 1961 by the late Wolfgang Friedmann, one of Columbia’s most renowned international law professors, and today it is the second most cited journal at Columbia. Writings that appear in the Journal are regularly cited by academics, practitioners and courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Recent surveys of prominent international law faculty have placed the Journal in the highest tier of international law journals, alongside its peer publications at Harvard and Yale. Each year the Journal publishes three issues, which contain articles by legal scholars and practitioners, student notes, book reviews and bibliographic materials. The Journal’s purpose is to provide the practicing bar and the academic community with insight into the evolving problems of an increasingly interdependent world.

Career History
Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department
2007 - Current

Morrison & Foerster is a firm of exceptional credentials. Their name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that they do. They are recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries.

Partner
Prior

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides legal services. The company counsels clients in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property and restructuring matters. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Boards & Committees
Member, Diversity Strategy Committee
Current

Morrison & Foerster is a firm of exceptional credentials. Their name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that they do. They are recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries.

Transactions
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ON Semiconductor Corp. purchases ON Semiconductor Connectivity Solutions, Inc.

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BlackBerry Ltd. purchases Cylance, Inc. from Blackstone Corporate Private Equity, Khosla Ventures LLC, Fairhaven Capital Management LLC, Citi Ventures, Inc., In-Q-Tel, Dell Technologies Capital, Founders Equity Partners

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TransUnion purchases iovation, Inc. from Intel Capital Corp., EPIC Ventures, Global Founders Capital Management GmbH, First Round Capital, Sapphire Ventures LLC

Awards & Honors
2011
Rising Star - Mergers and Acquisitions in Northern California Super Lawyers
Admitted to the California Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
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